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Nigerian photographer Benneth Nwankwo is working on a documentary street photography project. Titled Nigeria Through the Lens, the project sees him shooting remarkable photos of places in the country.

“I’m documenting photographs that champion Nigeria’s culture and diversity,” he explains in an email to Brittle Paper. “I hope to work with a small number of successful artists from around the states of the federation and frequently exhibit our works at art fairs in Nigeria. During our exhibitions we would provide a relaxed space where all art lovers, from seasoned collectors to first-time buyers, can enjoy our work.”

The photos in Nigeria Through the Lens are richly-textured and bloom in the shading he gives each shot.

Also a satirist, poet, and essayist, Benneth Nwankwo is the founder of LiteraNation, an organization whose activities are geared towards the development, appreciation and promotion of indigenous literary and artistic skills, talent, and intellectual power. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Figures of Speech Movement.

Check out some of his photos below.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

2 Responses to “Nigeria Through The Lens | Benneth Nwankwo’s Richly-Textured Documentary Photographs” Subscribe

  1. Izunna Okafor March 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    This is great, and very nice of you Prof Benneth. I do not contest the ubiquitous fact that this is surely going to be the first of its kind in such a heterogeneous hamlet as Nigeria.
    I wish you a grand success as you embark in your peregrinations and this voyage-demanding project. Go and break the record my brother.
    #
    Izunna Okafor

  2. Gift November 6, 2018 at 2:28 am #

    Wow this is so fascinating in the eyes Rich texture photos I need to learn this wow

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